Editorials

Bethesda School

AS WE view it, the auctioning off of the former Bethesda School building is a win-win scenario.The long-dormant structure has been under the ownership of the Belmont County commissioners. It was also proving a constant drain on the county's coffers.Such is no longer the case, and the county ...

Beat the Heat

ALTHOUGH THE "Dog Days of Summer" are still weeks away, the Ohio Valley finds itself broiling in a heat wave.While summer is a time of year relished by most, the current 90-degree weather can also bring with it pain and, if not careful, tragedy.Summer fun can easily turn into tragedy if proper ...

Work Remains

THE BELLAIRE Board of Education is immersed in a most painstaking task. Board members are attempting to get the school district out of some $3 million in red ink. The deficit has placed Bellaire schools under the guidance of a state oversight committee.Bellaire school board members have a ...

Independence Day

"WE HOLD these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness ..."THE AMERICAN colonists started to get disgusted with being ruled by the English ...

Young & Invincible

Health care reform is still in its infancy, and despite continued debate over this hot issue, the fact remains that many Americans are living without health insurance.In Ohio, tens of thousands of young adults don't have access to health care coverage, thanks to a new state law that allows ...

Same Old Song

THE UNION Local School District is singing a familiar tune. Unfortunately, it is not a pleasant one.At its meeting last week, the Union Local school board addressed an all too common issue in Eastern Ohio, that being a financial pinch. Like many neighboring districts, the western Belmont County ...

Young Voters

Although it's currently not election season, this week marks an important milestone for American voters.Forty years ago, the legal age to vote was changed. This happened during the height of the war in Vietnam, where the average age of fighting soldiers was 19. But before the president signed ...

Wrestling Greatness

GEORGE KOVALICK is regarded as the father of wrestling in the Ohio Valley. He earned that distinction through his passionate commitment to the mat sport, elevating it to an elite level.Kovalick worked much of his coaching magic at Bridgeport High. He led the Bulldogs to the 1959 state wrestling ...

Spanning Time

ATTEMPTS TO demolish the Bellaire Bridge have encountered yet another delay. We see that as neither surprising nor disturbing.After 20 years of waiting for the much-needed occurrence to come to fruition, residents on both sides of the aging span have become quite familiar with such news.The ...

Water Rates

PAYING MORE for water is often times tough to swallow. But it is made more palatable when the increase is justifiable and needed for the good of the community.Water rates will be rising in the Village of Bridgeport come July 1. This is no common occurrence in the Bulldog community as the last ...

Community Alert

OFFICIALS IN Belmont County recently took action that will provide a great tool for emergency response teams to notify the public of potentially dangerous situations.County leaders chose to spend funds from an Emergency Management Performance Grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland ...

Father’s Day

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. Today is the day to tell your dad how much you love him and how much you appreciate all he does for you.Don't be afraid to give him a big hug.It is something that we should do every day.Every one of us, especially those of us who are older, have beautiful memories of our ...

Respect & Dignity

No Americans deserve more respect than those who have served our country, particularly those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. With that in mind, it's safe to say that Arlington National Cemetery is undoubtedly the most well-known piece of hallowed ground for our nation's true ...

River Sweep

AN ARMY of volunteers from the area will join forces this coming Saturday to help clean up the Ohio Valley's most notable natural feature - the Ohio River.The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission has taken the lead in organizing this annual event, bringing together literally tens of ...

Building Delay

THE SWITZERLAND of Ohio School District has been longing for new school buildings for much too long.It appears that wait has grown a little longer, but one we feel anxious district residents can handle.Antiquated buildings have housed students for many years in the district. An $88 million ...

Flag Day

THE STARS and stripes will be on display today in communities across the nation, as we observe Flag Day.Flag Day has been observed in the United States on June 14 every year for nearly a century now. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 officially establishing Flag Day on June ...

Soap Box Derby

THE SECOND local installment of Soap Box Derby competition this spring is scheduled to unfold Sunday in Martins Ferry.Just six short days ago, St. Clairsville survived Mother Nature's relentless rain assault to stage the All-American Soap Box Derby, traditionally held in Martins Ferry.Despite ...

Special People

A SCHOOL year filled with compassion, love and caring.Such is Beallsville.The Blue Devil community put a heart-warming cap on a nine-month fund-raising campaign for the Relay For Life. What a campaign it was.Students and staff at Beallsville High School and Elementary schools combined their ...

Humanitarians

THE HAITI Team ministry personifies love and caring. The Eastern Ohio-based humanitarian group has been working feverishly to raise money to aid earthquake-ravaged residents of beleaguered Haiti.And now with supplies and money in hand, two members are in one of the world's poorest countries to ...

Vision Speeding

WE ARE not rushing to judgment, but we have major concerns with an Ohio Supreme Court traffic enforcement decision this week.The Buckeye State's high court ruled that a person may be convicted of speeding purely if it appears to a police officer that the motorist was traveling too fast.The ...